$3.5M international bribery scheme has landed Pa. businessman into federal imprisonment

5 month ago

Dimitrij Harder, 46, a Pennsylvania-based businessman is facing federal imprisonment for running a $3.5 million international bribery project over oil pipelines in Siberia.

Harder has claimed that his business activities did not hurt anyone and that it has provided good economic benefits to the residents of this isolated area.

his arguments were rejected and would not spare him from the 5-year prison sentence.

a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has decided that Harder should remain there.

Harder who is initially a Russian émigré and a permanent U.S. resident has bribed an official of the multinational European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2008 and 2009in order to speed the approval of financing harder's clients who want a share in his pipeline projects back when he served as international financial consultant and president of the Chestnut Consulting Group in Southampton, Bucks County.

Harder was found guilty back in 2016 and charged for violating the federal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which forbids U.S. businesses from using bribes to support projects overseas.

Paul S. Diamond U.S. Eastern District Judge refused to hear harder's justifications and insisted that he should serve his term and a $2 million forfeiture order stating that the Congress would never allow a business to stand up on the seeds of bribes and corruption.